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Douglas Bowles (he/him/his)

Master Instructor in Musical Theatre

  • Theatre Arts
  • College of Fine Arts


Doug Bowles is a well-respected performer, professor, choral conductor, pianist and music director in the Musical Theatre Genre.  His students have appeared on Broadway, in national tours, and on television. Bowles has spent nearly a decade and a half at Howard, and considers it the the most rewarding teaching experience of his career.  While he teaches and coaches in all vocal styles and genres; he has a special affinity for the "jazz age" and "golden age" (1920s and 30s) singing styles and repertoire for the Broadway Stage and popular field.  Bowles appears as headlining artist on multiple CD recordings; NEW DEAL RHTYHM on Shellwood Records; THE GREATEST SONGS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD on Rivermont Records; CY WALTER: SUBLIMITIES for the New York Musical Theatre Project; and a guest vocalist on the Milan-based big band THE CHICAGO STOMPER'S most recent album; CHICAGO STOMPERS: THE GREATEST HITS.  He and his performing ensemble THREE FOR A SONG have been featured on NPRs ALL THINGS CONSIDERED and BBC INTERNATIONAL.  In addition to musical direction at Howard (Ain't Misbehavin'; Urinetown; Anything Goes [musical assistance] and as vocal coach on most others) Bowles has music directed at nearly every DC Area University.  Bowles has conducted at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre; The New York Music Theatre Festival; the Arts Club of DC and others.  Regionally, Bowles has MD'd at Totem Pole Playhouse; Metro Stage (with Michael Bobbit and Stephen Schwartz); Summer Dinner Theatre; The Musical Theatre Center; The IN Series; US PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS; and Dakota Theatre Company and others.  Internationally, he has served as musical director for two educational tours to Russia (Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg).  Bowles has spent decades as a professional singer and music director and is in his third decade as a Collegiate Level Educator in Musical Theatre.   He couldn't be happier than to do that here at Howard.  

Education & Expertise


Vocal Performance

The Catholic University of America


Roanoke College